I posted this a few days ago, but apparently Ecto (My blog software) decided it would be cool to just go ahead and delete the post. Grrr

Anyway, forgive me if this isn’t as detailed as you hoped, it was 3 weeks ago that it happened.

I believe we left my sister’s place around 10:15, 10:30 to head to Amesbury. Kerri and Scott accompanied us because we had plans to check out a sweet beer bar that they had a gift certificate to that was also conveniently located in Amesbury.

We got off the exit and was almost immediately stuck in traffic! We waited and waited and waited. My car was about to run out of gas and we all had to pee, so after about 30 minutes of waiting, we were all getting pretty frustrated. Turns out, all the parking lots were full, so they re-directed everyone back onto the highway toward another exit. Before we jumped back on the road, we stopped for gas and the bathroom. There was no way were going to make it in time for our wave anyway, so we figured we might as well relieve some pressure mentally and physically by making a quick stop.

We parked, got shuttled over to the race by a school bus and then Derek and I picked up our race packets. As soon as we were ready to go, we jumped into the start and almost immediately took off. It was probably the 1:30 wave? Not sure, everyone was having problems all day with getting to their wave on time though.

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Before.

We ran up the hill mountain (which was nothing compared to NY last year) and then we decided to wait by the side until everyone behind us passed. We waited with a few others because it was so crowded! It seemed worth it to allow ourselves a little more room. We were covered in mud almost right away. It had been raining the whole day before and the morning of, so it was EXTRA MUDDY. We took off, but we couldn’t really run for too long because of how muddy and slippery it was.

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The course was a mess! In a good way though, it was just insane, we were running through muddy rivers, people’s feet were getting stuck, it was so much fun though! Derek and I stayed together the whole time, he kept pulling ahead though and having to wait for me! I know….who is he? I’m supposed to be the runner here, right? Haha. All of the obstacles were really great and I was actually surprised by how hardcore some of them actually were.

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I couldn’t help, but think the whole time how much crazier this race was than last years in NY. I didn’t get muddy till the very end last year and the obstacles weren’t intimidating at all. This year, there was an 8 foot wall, which was a little tough to get over and I really enjoyed the giant mudslide at the end.

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We made it and we both had a blast! We are really hoping to purchase a few photos because it was such a fun event for the 2 of us.

Unfortunately though, I did get a terrible rash from all of the mud, as I had mentioned here. Apparently something was in the mud that gave a ton of people this insanely itchy rash wherever the mud touched their skin. It started exactly where my shorts ended and went all the way down my legs. More than 3 weeks later, it’s finally almost gone. It still drives me crazy every once in a while, but I’ve learned how to force myself not to itch!

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This was Derek’s first official race! I’m so proud of him 😀 He was so excited to get a medal!

Next year, I’m wearing pants!

Stay Tuned: I made a video of the whole Warrior Dash using my waterproof Kodak video camera. I still have to edit it all together, but hopefully it will be done sooner than later.

12. July 2011 · 3 comments · Categories: life · Tags:

I left work early yesterday due to some severe stomach pains/cramps.

I ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast, Quaker Oatmeal squares and milk to be exact and by the time I got to work my stomach was not feeling well at all! It felt very unsettled and crampy, so I made sure to drink a ton of seltzer water throughout the day because I figured it would make me feel better.

I still felt not so good at lunch, but decided to eat a chicken sandwich anyway, I thought I just needed something else in my stomach. Turns out, I was completely wrong because immediately following lunch, I began to experience these crazy stabbing pains in my stomach. I could barely walk back from BareBurger to work. I knew I needed to go home. Luckily everyone at work is so understanding and they let me go home without a second thought. I was clearly in pain.

I came home and napped for at least an hour. My stomach had thankfully settled by the time I got up, but the pain was still slightly there, I definitely could not have eaten anything.

I woke up this morning and my stomach felt okay. I ate a piece of toast with butter to test it out and I thought I was going to be fine, but then it started acting up again. Ugh, I decided to call out sick from work for the day and figure out just what is going on with my stomach.

I haven’t been feeling like myself for the past couple of weeks, I can’t wait to feel normal again. I feel like every time I eat something, I feel sick. Okay, maybe not every time, but more often than ever before. I felt this way a couple weeks ago also, it was also after I ate a bowl of cereal. It makes me think I may be becoming sensitive to milk?

I also have this crazy rash on my legs from the Warrior Dash. I know I haven’t written my recap yet, but it’s coming I promise! Anyway, I had no idea that others were experiencing this rash also, until Derek’s mom told me it was on the news.

Check out the article about it here: Warrior Dash Rash.

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These are actual pictures of my own legs. It doesn’t look too bad, this was when it was starting to get better. It started appearing 2 days after the race and 2 weeks later it’s still here. It’s driving me crazy because of how itchy it is!

I just cannot wait until this rash is gone and my body/stomach is back to normal!

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I feel like I’ve signed up for a billion races in the past week! This is what my schedule looks like for the racing season this year.

March 27, 2011

New York Colon Cancer Challenge 15K – Central Park

April 3, 2011

More Magazine Women’s Half Marathon – Central Park

May 21, 2011

Brooklyn Half Marathon – Prospect Park

June 25, 2011

New England Warrior Dash 3.02 – Amesbury, MA

I am super excited for the Warrior Dash because Derek is doing it with me this year!!! I can’t even believe how easily he agreed to do it. This will be his first race, I can’t wait to run with him! Kelly is also doing it with me again, we will all be staying at her parents house in Massachusetts so we will be nice and close. It’s going to be lots of fun!

The first 3 races will be counted toward my 9 +1 Guaranteed Entry goal. This program will guarantee me a spot in the 2012 ING NYC Marathon!